Institutional Repository News for May 2016

Monthly Readership Totals:
Scholarship@Western had 94207 full-text downloads

80 new submissions were posted,

total works in the repository to 15485.

Western University scholarship was read by 7757 institutions across 202 countries.


The most popular papers were:
Evaluating the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) for Cognitive Impairment Post Stroke: A Validation Study against the Cognistat (2917 downloads)
The Effects of Music on Memory for a Word List (727 downloads)
Racial Identification in the Skull and Teeth (582 downloads)

The most popular publications were:
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository (55800 downloads)
The International Indigenous Policy Journal (4402 downloads)
Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology (3411 downloads)


Paper of the day: Update

Still tweaking the Paper of the day. I was able to get an RSS feed that seeks out only content with a fulltext item attached. I am still playing with the #hashtags. Which is the best and most descriptive? I tried article du jour for a while, but that puts my material in a host of  French language materials — and ours are primarily but not exclusively English. #POTD is a bit cryptic, and also linked us to photos, which were not necessarily *Disney*. blush. I’m still working on that bit. I like using #OpenAccess but I also want to highlight our Repository. Unfortunately it has an @ symbol in its name, so I cannot use that successfully. I’ve started adding the twitter handle of our University, too.


Also I’d like to know if this helps with discoverability in any meaningful way — and if that in turn means more citations.? I will ponder how I might assess that. . .




Well-formed, standardized metadata is a necessity for the discovery, access, preservation, and sharing of digital objects.

Gordo the Barosaurus, Royal Ontario Museum

“Full Barosaurus, Royal Ontario Museum” by KristyVan – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons –,_Royal_Ontario_Museum.jpg#/media/File:Full_Barosaurus,_Royal_Ontario_Museum.jpg

When the Royal Ontario Museum prepared to launch a revitalised Dinosaur Gallery in the new wing of the Crystal addition in 2007, paleontologist David Evans, the new Associate Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, wished to display a type of sauropod, a group of dinosaurs including Barosaurus. This massive creature would join the existing exhibit of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, and a Stegosaurus. He spent months investigating options, which included purchasing a replica skeleton or even finding one to dig up, but to his surprise, “while reading an article by famed sauropod expert Jack McIntosh something caught his eye — a reference to a Barosaurus skeleton at the ROM”. 1   There was no record of the dinosaur in ROM catalogues,  though its bones had been scattered in several drawers for safe keeping. The former curator, who had brought the Barosaurus with him to ROM over 40 years ago, had long since retired, and although he had written a paper on the subject, no member of the present team realised what they had in the collection.

How does one misplace a 90-foot, 15 tonne sauropod,  the largest dinosaur the world has ever known?​   By neglecting description and metadata of your data. In the age of Googling, the need for cataloguing may seem as extinct as dinosaurs, but well-formed, standardized metadata is a necessity for the discovery, access, preservation, and sharing of digital objects.

1 Massive Barosaurus skeleton discovered at the ROM Tuesday, November 13, 2007 (accessed 20 April 2015)